New Evangelizers: The Feet Washing

I dread the trip from Dallas to Palm Springs to care for my sister, BC, who is recuperating from cancer surgery. Our dysfunctional relationship, although healing since our mother’s death, still has echoes of past pitfalls. We don’t agree on politics, abortion, gay marriage, or the Eucharist.  When I cry out to the Lord he consoles me, empowering me with a personal word that surprises me, “Be at peace; my mercy is with you.” Why mercy and not grace? Maybe because today begins our family’s Divine Mercy Novena.

Recent mass readings remind me that Jesus is the vine and I must remain attached to him, for without him I can do nothing. The promise of bearing much fruit (Jn 15:1-8) to glorify the Father carries the added promise to “ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.”

Read the full story of The Foot washing at New Evangelizers

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About Nancy Ward

Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at,
 7 websites and 7 magazines. She loves to share her faith story and help others share theirs through her Sharing Your Faith Stories seminars, also available on DVD. She contributed four chapters to The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion. She facilitates the Dallas/Fort Worth Catholic Writers and a critique group for the Catholic Writers Guild, where she serves as a board member.
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